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Embrace the vaccine - Caribbean medical practitioners urge community to take COVID-19 shot

NEW YORK (CMC): As many in the global community, including the Caribbean community in New York, express fear, reluctance or hesitance about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, some Caribbean-born physicians and other medical practitioners are urging... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Savage Pen road upgrade delayed - Residents want urgent completion of alternative route to Gordon Town main road as NWA struggles to get job done

The overhaul of the alternative route to the breakaway-hit Gordon Town main road has been pushed back by as much as a month because of rains and other technical factors, the country’s chief works czar has said. Multiple landslides caused by... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Marymount’s Holiday Helpers defy COVID-19 to help residents - Care packages, tablets donated

Marymount High School’s Holiday Helpers hit the trail recently to bring holiday cheers to residents in communities close to the St Mary-based school. An annual event spearheaded by students since it was first introduced in 2012, the practice... (Jamaica Gleaner)

‘The Queen is in good hands’ - Family of first black soldier to lead elite guards confident he is the man for the job

The Queen of England is in good hands, according to the family of Kirtland Gill, who was recently chosen as the first black soldier to head the oldest regiment in the British Army. Promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major, one of the most senior army... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Welcome to Jamaica! - PICA seeking to roll out temporary residency programme for foreigners

WESTERN BUREAU: Andrew Wynter, the chief executive officer of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenships Agency (PICA), says international travellers will soon be able to live and work in Jamaica under its temporary residency programme that is... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Bull Savannah school stages successful Christmas celebration - Teachers, sponsors help to bring virtual delight to students

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite not being able to do face-to-face teaching since March, the staff at the infant department at the Bull Savannah Primary and Infant School in Bull Savannah, St Elizabeth, found a creative way to stage their annual Christmas... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Oracabessa Foundation helps six basic schools prepare for reopening

The Oracabessa Foundation, assisted by Chris Blackwell, has come to the assistance of six basic schools in Oracabessa, St Mary, in their efforts to meet the requirements by the Government to reopen in 2021. The six basic schools are: Oracabessa... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Hug-a-Baby Lactating Room donated to VJH

T Geddes Grant, through the Huggies brand, donated a Hug-a-Baby Lactating Room valued at $1.7 million to the Victoria Jubilee Hospital on December 23. The breastfeeding room, located on the postnatal ward, is a multi-functional space that will be... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Cockpit resident spreads the love at Christmas

Laurel Livingston has been maintaining the Christmas tradition of feeding the less fortunate and some shut-ins in her community of Cockpit in Clarendon, and Friday was no different. Preparing scrumptious delights of chicken, fish, curried goat, as... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Linstead Grand Market affected by COVID fears

The turnout at the annual Christmas Eve grand market in Linstead was severely affected this year because of COVID-19 fears. Thousands of vendors and shoppers who usually fill the Linstead Market, Rose Duncan Square and several main streets in... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Manchester Health Services honours 41 staff for sterling service

Parish manager for the Manchester Health Services (formerly the Manchester Health Department), Sandia Chambers-Ferguson, has provided 36 years of sterling service to the public health system. She has worked with the Ministry of Health since 1984... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Three more COVID-19 deaths, nine new cases

Jamaica on Sunday recorded three more COVID-19 deaths, pushing the tally to 298. Those who have died are: * An 81-year-cold male from St James. * An 87-year-old male from Kingston and St Andrew. * An 89-year-old male from St Ann. One... (Jamaica Gleaner)

High turbidity forces shutdown of some NWC plants in St Mary

The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that high turbidity levels at the water sources have forced the shutdown of operations at some of its plants in St Mary. The impact facilities are the White River, Bonny Gate, and Palmetto... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Lawmakers press Trump on relief bill, as jobless aid expires

President Donald Trump appeared no closer to signing an end-of-year COVID-19 relief and spending bill today, as millions lost unemployment aid, the government barrelled toward a mid-pandemic shutdown, and lawmakers implored him to act. Trump... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Bahamas teachers' union urges repeat of 2020 school year

The Ministry of Education  in The Bahamas is being urged to have students repeat the 2020 school year, based on the results of this year’s national examination results. In a statement, the president of the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Police commissioner pays Christmas visit to St Catherine South Police to boost morale

Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson visited several police stations in the St Catherine South Police division on Christmas Day to bring cheer and boost morale during the festive season.   The commissioner visited... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Ten year-old boy goes missing on Boxing Day

The police have issued a high alert for 10 year-old Joshua Robinson of Carpenter Road, Kingston 10, who went missing yesterday, Boxing Day. Joshua is of dark complexion, slim build and about 104 centimetres or three feet, five... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Police in Guyana probing Christmas Day murders of mother and daughter

The police in Guyana have launched a probe, following the murder of a mother and daughter on Christmas Day. The lawmen report that the bodies of  Tara Krishram, 34 and her 11 year-old daughter were found in a bedroom in the... (Jamaica Gleaner)

IDB approves record US$21.6 billion in lending to LAC in 2020

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it provided a record US$21.6 billion in 2020 to assist its 26 member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to manage the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Police give harrowing account of Nashville RV bombing

Police officers today provided harrowing details of  their response to a Christmas morning explosion in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. They, at times, choked up, as they relived the moments that led up to the blast and offered... (Jamaica Gleaner)

Cop on life sentence gets bail

Two policemen, who were convicted for the 2009 killing of a Central Kingston man, will get to spend Christmas with their families after they were granted bail yesterday by the Court of Appeal. Constables Gareth Davis and Christobel Smith, who... (Jamaica Star)

Take it easy beef ... It’s pork, goat meat time of year

It's mid-morning in Kingston, Christmas is just a few days away, and meat vendors in the Cross Roads Meat Market are busy chopping and packaging pork, beef and goat meat for a slow stream of buyers in search of their favourite cuts for the... (Jamaica Star)

Thieves working with staff to rob shoppers

Commanding officer at the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigative branch, Superintendent Anthony McLaughlin, says criminals have partnered with employees within institutions islandwide, targeting persons who use their bank cards at... (Jamaica Star)

Miss Rita’s baking fresh in Nesta’s mind

Freshly minted member of parliament for Clarendon North Central, Robert Nesta Morgan, is one who places emphasis on the importance of family. It is for this reason that his memory for 'Christmas I'll Never Forget' is based on his early years spent... (Jamaica Star)

Flood-ravaged family gets $100,000 shopping spree

Excited children packed their trolleys through the aisles of MegaMart Waterloo yesterday, the joy evident on their faces. Their mother, Marsha Smart, and grandmother, Petrona Anderson, were also barely able to contain their excitement. In... (Jamaica Star)

Youth Mentoring Ministry shares the love at Christmas

Scores of children across several communities in St Ann benefited from the donation of care packages under the Youth Mentoring Ministry's 'Sharing the Love at Christmas' initiative. The packages were presented to children living in Priory, St Ann... (Jamaica Star)

Glen opens his heart to Cypress Hall

For the past six years, Glenworth Burke has been bringing Christmas cheer to residents of Cypress Hall in Red Hills, St Andrew, through his special delivery of gifts. Burke, 41, who resides in New York, USA, said that he makes it a part of his... (Jamaica Star)

Teenagers charged in connection with Planters Hill quadruple murder

Two teenagers have been charged for the December 11 quadruple murder in Planters Hall, Old Harbour in St. Catherine. Charged with four counts of murder and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, are 19-year-old Kevroy Bailey, otherwise... (Jamaica Star)

Police urge motorists to manage time on roads wisely to avoid breaching curfew

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), has urged motorists to manage their time wisely, in light of the national curfew, to avoid speeding along thoroughfares. "We have seen where when the curfew time approaches, several persons are speeding,... (Jamaica Star)

Cops seize gun in Kingston, man on the run

One 9mm Beretta pistol along with nineteen 9mm rounds of ammunition were seized by a team of officers assigned to the Kingston Central Police Division, during a patrol on Wildman Street in the parish on Tuesday. Police reports are that about 7 a.m... (Jamaica Star)

Pfizer to supply US with additional 100M vaccines doses

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pfizer and BioNTech will supply the U.S. with an additional 100 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine under a second agreement. The drugmakers said Wednesday that they expect to deliver all the doses by July 31. Pfizer... (Jamaica Star)